"We recognise the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success".
"Representative Holmes said the State Government reached out to GM about what they can do to help them bring a new vehicle to Lordstown, and will continue talks for a new product line to come to Lordstown". These include workers at assembly facilities in Detroit; Warren, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; as well as at propulsion plants in White Marsh, Maryland; and Warren, Michigan.
Meanwhile, GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario, will stop making the Impala, Cadillac XTS and 2018 full-size pickups in the fourth quarter of next year.
Four factories in the USA and one in Canada could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions don't come up with an agreement to allocate more work to those facilities, GM said in a statement Monday. Barra said the company will double resources dedicated to electric and self-driving vehicles over the next two years. The first thing I said is, 'What can we do?
Jerry Dias, head of the Unifor union that represents about 2,500 employees at the plants, said he does accept that the company has planned no autos for the factory beyond December, 2019.
When the federal and provincial governments bailed out the auto industry in 2009 at a time when bankruptcy appeared imminent, the deal required the Big Three to keep 16 per cent of its North American production in Canada ― a requirement that ended in 2016.
Cost pressures on GM and other automakers and suppliers have increased as demand waned for traditional sedans.
Amid anxious calls on Twitter for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to do something save the plant, two local Tory MPs vowed to investigate.
Barra did not link Monday's cuts to tariff pressures, but said trade costs are among the "headwinds" GM has to face as it deals with broader technology change and market shifts. "Obviously incentives by themselves don't keep a auto plant open", said the executive, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Still, several Twitterians suggested that GM was not the only one to be blamed and noted that the government could do more to save the plant.
Oshawa Mayor John Henry said he hopes the news is "just a rumour", and adds that he had not spoken to anyone from GM. In the 1980s, the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.
In addition to the Oshawa assembly plant, GM has an engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines, Ont. and the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont.
GM said its Oshawa Assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in MI, and its Lordstown Assembly plant in Warren, Ohio, would be "unallocated" by the end of 2019 as it reorganized its manufacturing capacity to focus on electric and self-driving cars and in anticipation of a downturn in the auto market.
"If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community ― abandoning workers and families in Oshawa ― then this is a callous decision that must be fought", she told the network.